corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) , -ziv\

Definition of corrosive

1 : tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids corrosive action the corrosive effects of alcoholism
2 : bitingly sarcastic corrosive satire

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Other Words from corrosive

corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Examples of corrosive in a Sentence

She argues that racism is dangerous and corrosive to society. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers

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But stark inequality is also corrosive to our democratic principles. Michael Sebastian, Town & Country, "Here's the Full Transcript of Obama's Farewell Address," 11 Jan. 2017 The added that the product is non-flammable, non-corrosive and non-hazardous. John D. Harden, Houston Chronicle, "Dickinson officials identify 'unknown substance' in bayou," 20 Jan. 2018 But the fragmentation of media, society and politics, and the willingness of partisans to exploit that to contentious ends, have made many wonder whether the relationship between polarization and unfettered, unverified expression is too corrosive. Ted Anthony, The Seattle Times, "In chaotic era, conference aims to amplify 1st Amendment," 23 Oct. 2018 Sports Illustrated first reported on the Mavericks' corrosive workplace environment in February. Jenna West, SI.com, "Report: Former Mavericks Employee Kept Job Despite Viewing Pornography in Office," 29 May 2018 Tesla plans to replace all early Model S power steering bolts in all climates worldwide to account for the possibility that the vehicle may later be used in a highly corrosive environment, the company wrote. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Tesla Is Recalling 123,000 Model S Sedans. Here's Why," 30 Mar. 2018 And, at the very same time, a mighty, pervasive and corrosive double standard belies the Klobuchar stories. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019 Perhaps the most corrosive and enduring consequence of the 2008 financial crisis was the capitalist’s loss of confidence in capitalism. Rupert Darwall, WSJ, "‘The Prosperity Paradox’ Review: A Better Way to Fight Poverty," 30 Jan. 2019 Krauthammer at times took a corrosive tone toward Bush's Democratic successor. Adam Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of corrosive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corrosive

Middle English corrosif, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, from Latin corrōsus, past participle of corrōdere "to gnaw, corrode" + -īvus -ive

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corrosive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of corrosive

: causing damage to metal or other materials through a chemical process
: causing someone or something to become weak and damaged

corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) , -ziv\

Kids Definition of corrosive

: tending or able to destroy, weaken, or wear away little by little corrosive substances

corrosive

adjective
cor·​ro·​sive | \ -ˈrō-siv, -ziv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) \

Medical Definition of corrosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids a corrosive gas

Other Words from corrosive

corrosiveness noun

corrosive

noun

Medical Definition of corrosive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that corrodes : caustic

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